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Sigma Kappa Raises Awareness For Alzheimer’s Research

March 30, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – On April 4, members of the Susquehanna University chapter of Sigma Kappa sorority will hold their annual Memory Walk to fund Alzheimer’s disease awareness and research.
           
The walk will start at 10 a.m. in Susquehanna’s Lopardo Stadium. Participants will make their way through Selinsgrove, up to the Manor at Penn Village and back to the Sigma Kappa house at 300 University Ave.
           
According to Lauren Diehl, junior Sigma Kappa member and foundation chair, the sorority hopes that more participants this year will help to match the $4,000 raised last year and raise greater awareness in the community. As an extra incentive, participants will receive gift card prizes to Selinsgrove businesses such as Emma’s Food for Life, Weis Markets, Giant Food Stores and Amato’s Pizza.
            
Currently 5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is a fatal disease that destroys brain cells and can severely affect memory, thinking and behavior, hindering a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, treatment can help to preserve and improve the lives of millions who live with the disease.
           
The sorority is accepting donations from the public. Cash or checks, payable to Sigma Kappa Sorority with Alzheimer’s Fund in the memo line, can be mailed to Lauren Diehl at 1858 Weber Way, Box 579, Selinsgrove, PA 17870.  

“This is a cause that not only Sigma Kappa National recognizes as important, but a cause that our local chapter is striving to put more importance on,” said Diehl.
           
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study and service learning abroad, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

Contact: Karen Jones
570-372-4650

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